Billa Majeed Bakshi - Director & Lead Guide
Billa was born in Gulmarg and he is skiing since he was four years old. He started guiding in Himalayas in 1996 when there was no gondola or ski lift in Gulmarg . He is the first qualified ski guide in India and was the first guide to introduce free riding in Gulmarg. He invited lots of free riders like K2 pro riders Andy Maher, Pep Fujas, Warren Miller, Salomon TV France, Match stick production and many more ski bums to promote Gulmarg. He started a charity program with New Zealand K2 ski distributor Martin Jones in 2005 in Gulmarg and trained hundreds of locals , who are now working as guides and ski instructors with many tour operators in Gulmarg. Billa provides thousands of ski equipment to locals and he trained them as ski guides and instructors and as now the whole community of Gulmarg is involved in the ski Industry.
Billa went to New Zealand to study snow science in Otago Polytechnic College and in 2010 Billa started the Kashmir Heliski-Operation in Gulmarg. As you can imagine the helicopters gave Gulmarg ski resort a completely new dimension including rescue facilities and access to the entire range of the Pir Panjal Mountains in the Himalayas.
Mushtaq Magray (MUSHA) - Lead Guide
Musha is a local of Gulmarg. He studied Bachelors of Arts at the Kashmir University.Skiing has always been his passion, and has won many international free ride events in Gulmarg. He has been skiing in Gulmarg for the last 16 years. In 2004 he joined Gulmarg Powder Guides, a company which is directed by Billa Bakshi like Kashmir Heliski. Musha is now a lead guide for Kashmir Heli Ski, and has been trained to international standards in avalanche safety by top New Zealand guides for 7 years. He has also done his Avalanche 1 Level AIARE by american standard as well as his guide licence from the J&K Himalayan Tourism Departement.
Mir Mushtoq - Ski Guide
Mir is guiding here in our Pir Panjal Range for the last 10 years. He's one of our very experienced local ski guides. He has won a couple of national free ride skiing competitions. Mir loves back country skiing and of course heli-guiding. He's been a heli-guide with Kashmir Heliski since the beginning, and was previously working for us withÂ Gulmarg Powder Guides. He has been trained to international avalanche safety standards by top New Zealand guides.He has also done his Avalanche 1 Level AIARE by american standard as well as his guide licence from the J&K Himalayan Tourism Departement.
Showkat (ALI) - Ski Guide
Ali joined Gulmarg Powder Guides in 2006 and has been working as a heli guide for Kashmir Heliski since 2010. He's also a local and has more than 15 years of skiing experience here in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. He is the favourite guide of our backcountry clients; he knows the mountains like the back of his hand. He has been trained to international avalanche safety standards by top New Zealand guides. He has also done his Avalanche 1 Level AIARE by american standard as well as his guide licence from the J&K Himalayan Tourism Departement.
Mushtaq Rather (METHUN) - Ski Guide
Nicknamed after an old Bollywood star, he has been skiing in Gulmarg since 1995. A fantastic and athletic skier, Methun is also a local guy and one of our best backcountry/heli-guides. He's always keen to get out with clients and have a good time in the mountains! He's been trained to international avalanche safety standards by top New Zealand guides.
Tariq Bakshi - Ski Guide
Tariq is the youngest of our guides but not any less experienced; he's been skiing and living in Gulmarg since the age of 8. He's a chill guide and happy to be in the heli or in the backcountry! He's been trained to international avalanche safety standards by top New Zealand guides. He has also done his Avalanche 1 Level AIARE by american standard as well as his guide licence from the J&K Himalayan Tourism Departement.
Fayaz – Ski guide
Fayaz was skiing from a young age and was skiing for national ski team for 8 yrs , he is guiding from last 10 years in Himalayas backcountry guide as well as Heli guide. he is one of the guide who loves to do lots of ski touring and backcountry skiing.
heli season 2018
Reto Mueller – Switzerland
We're excited to have Captain Reto Mueller from Switzerland with us this year. He is an extremely accomplished pilot coming from a family of big aviators he acquired his first Licence at just 15 on fixed wings and his favourite helicopter. Reaching 10`000 Hours total flight time this season.
Reto loves the mountains and when not flying he can be found ski touring, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, of course ski and snowboarding.